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26-01-2009, 05:51 AM
Dear Sirs,

As an administrative Reform, here is an O.M. with option to avail TA under two different O.Ms. for serving employees.

An extract of news item appeared in the Staffcorner.com is reproduced below for kind information. If the anology of the O.M. dt. 22.1.2009 indicated hereunder can be equally applied in the case of post-2006 pensioners also, they too can have an option to get covered under CCS(RP) Rules 1972 in toto with regard to weightage of qualifying service of 5 years or under the revised pension rules that prescribe 20 years service for full pension.

I request all Post-2006 pensioners to take note of this OM on TA Rules with option, for strengthening further their representations.

Modification in the Travelling Allowance - New order dated 22.01.09
Written by Administrator on January 24th, 2009 At last CG Officers working in field formations could breath easy after this new stand taken by the department on TA Rules.

As you are all aware of the modified Travelling Allowance Rules as per Office Memorandum dated 23.09.08 consequent on Sixth pay commission recommendations, which was based on reimbursement principle (i.e) Officers have to produce receipts for the amount spent on accommodation, food, transportation etc.

This principle may be fine for the officers who travel to a cities, as the charges for lodging, transportation etc could be claimed at actuals subject to a maximum ceiling.

However, Officers who had to travel on duty to remote places like villages sea shores were really put to hardship because they could not get the receipts for the amount spent by them for food as it would be meaningless to ask for serially numbered bill from a small Hotelier or “Dhabawala” in those places. Even for those who travel long distances in trains in which fare is not inclusive of food, it would be very difficult to get receipts for food from pantry car or railway platform salesmen.

Now, this hardship has been done away with by the issue of new Ofice Memorandum dated 22.01.2009, as the Govt has decided to sanction daily allowance on tour, based on earlir office memorandum dated 17.04.1998 in case the officers opted to claim slab rate based daily allowance instead of reimbursement based travelling allowance prescribed vide office memorandum dated 23.09.08.

In a nutshell, this new order provides the choice to the Officers for claiming the Travelling allowance either based on old TA rates as per the office memo dated 17.04.98 or at actuals using the bills for food etc as per the office memorandum dated 23.09.08. However, Officers can not mix up these two orders for a single tour.

Please Download memorandum from Ministry of Finance website - http://finmin.nic.in/6cpc/TARules_6cpc.pdf for further information.

Best Regards.

31-01-2009, 06:06 PM
Dear Sir,

If one opts for the slab based TA for a particular tour, as per the earlier order on the issue, how the lodging charges are calculated?

We should stick to old lodging charges with the provision of deducting 10% towards lodging charges and limiting the total of DA and hotel charges? or

Claim the TA as per old rates and hotel charges will be reimbursed 100% with the new rates?

What is the meaning of single trip? Is it HQ to HQ constitutes one trip or the option is to be exercised once and stick to it permanently.


03-02-2009, 07:04 PM
Dear Sir,

The slab rates will be beneficial if one does not have any proof to show the actual expenditure incurred. The DA is towards lodging and boarding charges. If lodging expenses are reimbursed fully based on actual receipt, then corresponding deduction in DA will definitely take place. Single trip/tour means HQ to tour place and back. If there are multiple tours, then the expenditure incurred based on actual or otherwise will also vary from place to place. It all depends on the choice of the officer who claims. Both options are available to him. I am not very familiar in this area, however, I made an attempt to submit what I understand. If there is any mistakes, please excuse me.

Best Regards,